Tag Archives: college

Scholarships Available for Local Arts Majors

Submitted Each year the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts awards scholarships to high school seniors and college students who will be majoring in an area of the arts. Since 2007 the non-profit organization has been awarding scholarships to local students who plan to major in visual arts, literary arts or performing arts. With the cost of a higher education ... Read More »

JW Marriott Marco Island Appoints New Executive Chef

By Samantha Husted The JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort recently announced the appointment of Eric Vasta as the location’s new executive chef. The appointment comes in the midst of the resort’s expansive $320 million renovations. As executive chef, Eric will oversee all culinary operations for the JW Marriott Marco Island. In his new position Eric will also be responsible ... Read More »

MIA Senior Shoots for the Stars Grandparents Get Him Started

By Barry Gwinn Dylan Demkovich will be going to Brown University this year. Founded in 1764, this Ivy League school, of 6,200 undergraduates, is located in Providence, Rhode Island and is the seventh oldest college in the U.S. With a weighted GPA of 4.95 (out of 4.00) at Marco Island Academy (MIA), Dylan scored an early acceptance to Brown and ... Read More »

$1,200 Scholarship Offered by FSASE

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity until Wednesday, March 29. The Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE) is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business Administration, or ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of the Marco Island City Council the evening was somewhat uncomfortable as a number of residents came forward to question their decisions on circumstances surrounding the departure of City Manager Roger Hernstadt. At the February 6th meeting of council, Hernstadt’s letter of resignation was read into the record by City Attorney Alan Gabriel. That resignation ... Read More »

MIA Athletes Excel in the Classroom, Rank High in the State

By Barry Gwinn Marco Island Academy (MIA), only six years old, has been recognized by the State of Florida as an “A” high performing school, and by the Washington Post as being in the top 2% of the nation’s most challenging high schools. “But how are our athletes doing?” wondered Kelly Monnot, MIA’s athletic director since August 2015 “How do ... Read More »

AAUW Celebrates 10 Years

By Maureen Chodaba  The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization of 170,000 women throughout local communities and college campuses. The AAUW provides $4 million annually in grants, fellowships and awards for women pursuing degrees in higher education. The AAUW works diligently to improve the future for all. On February 3, the Marco Island branch of AAUW ... Read More »

Discover Mentoring

The Guadalupe Center invites those interested in becoming a mentor to a college-bound Immokalee High School student enrolled in its Tutor Corps Program to Discover Mentoring on the Terrace at Caxambas in Fiddler’s Creek beginning at 5 PM on January 26. Each year, 20-30 promising new students are added to Tutor Corps. Each student works as a tutor to Kindergarten-2nd graders each day ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Scholarship Applications 

Jennifer J. Edwards, Collier County Supervisor of Elections, is currently accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity provided by the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). The FSASE is offering three $1,200 scholarships to eligible Florida residents enrolled or accepted as full-time students in a senior college or university in Florida. Applicants must be Political Science, Public or Business ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Submitted  Applications are now being accepted by Calusa Garden Club for its summer camp scholarships and for its college scholarship. Calusa Garden Club, an association of people interested in horticulture, ecology, flower art, and the environment, awards two camperships for elementary school students and one scholarship of $500 to a high school senior residing on Marco Island. Students must apply ... Read More »

The Island Country Club Introduces New Sous Chefs

By Samantha Husted The Island Country Club (ICC) has two new sous chefs on their culinary team. Los Angeles native Loren Cogswell earned the title of executive sous chef and Fanny Bustamante, originally from Lima, Peru, is now the club’s Double Eagle sous chef. Cogswell has a degree in aquatic biology. During his college years, Loren cooked for friends and ... Read More »

My Editor Goes to a Rock Concert, Sort of

  By Barry Gwinn On Friday, October 14, 2016, the Coastal Breeze News appeared in newsstands throughout Marco Island, on time, and with 80 pages chock-full of color photos, columns, and articles sent in by the staff writers and a wide network of contributors. As usual everything was well presented by the production staff. It is up to Val Simon, ... Read More »

Wagner Running His Way to a Scholarship

By Roger LaLonde Marco Island’s Josh Wagner has toed the line in just four cross country races and his poorest finish has been second! Even more unusual is that they are his initial forays into cross country. A Lely senior, Josh played cornerback for three years on the Lely football team, while running track in the spring. “It was a ... Read More »

Karen Raymond Didn’t Miss a Note

By Roger LaLonde At seven, Karen Garriott was already interested in music, playing the piano. In junior high Karen continued with piano, adding the school choir and singing at church in her hometown of Indianapolis. She went on to Ball State University, majoring in music education and minoring in piano, adding musical theater. She was part of the Ball State ... Read More »

It’s Little League All Over Again!

Submitted “It’s gonna be a hot one,” yelled one of the guys, as players begin to file into the dugout at a recent softball pick-up game at Winterberry Park. Except, these are not your average ball players. They are members of the Marco Island Senior Softball League. By 8:20 AM on a Monday morning, about 20 guys arrived, enough for ... Read More »

Embree Retires From Tennis

By Roger LaLonde Since she was five years old, Lauren Embree has played tennis, smashing her way to her dream of playing professionally. At 25 she is stepping back, looking to see what else her life will hold. “I wasn’t enjoying the experience, my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she said. In her two years of professional tennis it wasn’t ... Read More »

Scholarship/Artist of the Year Luncheon

Submitted Each spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts sponsors a special luncheon to recognize a local “Artist of the Year” and to give scholarships to local students who are majoring in the arts. This year’s luncheon will be on Saturday, May 21st at 11:30 AM at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. JRobert ... Read More »

By Barry Gwinn  What would you do if Cornell, MIT, Notre Dame, Princeton and the U.S. Military Academy requested the favor of your presence for the next four years? How about if, in addition, the U.S. Army offered to give you what amounts to a full scholarship at all of those schools? Kasey Bersh, an MIA senior graduating in June ... Read More »

Winged Foot Candidates

By Roger LaLonde Patrick Michel Defines the Student Athlete Patrick Michel says he transferred from Lely to Marco Island Academy (MIA) his sophomore year to “reshape myself.” He became one of its top students in sports and academics. For his efforts he is the school’s candidate for the 27th annual Winged Foot Scholar-Athlete Award. He is one of 13 candidates, ... Read More »